Climate Smart Agriculture
The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is pleased to partner with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to provide technical assistance in applying for and implementing Climate Smart Agriculture Incentives Programs that build resiliency to climate change, increase water use efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These programs include the following:
CDFA's State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) encourages farmers to install more efficient irrigation systems that decrease their water consumption as well as their greenhouse gas emissions. CDFA's SWEEP will fund grants up to $200,000.
CDFA's Healthy Soils Program (HSP) awards up to $100,000 per project for implementing conservation agriculture techniques that decrease erosion and greenhouse gas emissions, like cover cropping, compost, crop rotation, and mulching.
CDFA's Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) awards funds - up to $750,000 - to livestock producers who decrease their methane emissions by changing the way they manage manure.
What is Climate Smart Agriculture?
Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) addresses the risks that climate change poses to agriculture. It encompasses management practices that:
- Increase soil carbon
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Improve water use efficiency
How do we provide technical assistance?
A team of ten Community Education Specialists provide technical assistance, outreach, and education to increase the adoption of climate smart agriculture practices targeted at soil health, manure management, and water use efficiency across California.